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If other Nations Can do it; Darboe pardoned Jammeh; ‘Yes We Can’ forgive & Reconcile Gambia!
Alagi Yorro Jallow
Truth and Reconciliation is turning toward the good, the hopeful; it is owning our past to transform our future and restore our human dignity. Truth and reconciliation can be very churchy words. It’s the kind of words that people use in high-minded ways and anyone who isn’t in a high-minded mood often just switches off.
The Gambia is in desperate need of Truth and Reconciliation Commission to shift in ways that will provide leadership for a healing and a healthier nation. (more…)
“In this time of globalisation, with all its advantages, the poor are the most vulnerable to having their traditions, relationships and knowledge and skills ignored and denigrated, and experiencing development with a great sense of trauma, loss and social disconnectedness.” —James D. Wolfensohn, World Bank President.
It has become a norm and a tradition that Gambians heavily rely on foreign entertainers to gratify their longing and need for music and comedy. The continued influx of Senegalese and Nigeria artists into the country is an evidence to this practice. The pretext for the long existence of this pattern and phenomena is reflected in labelling our own local artists as second-rate, substandard and uncompetitive. This excuse is not self-explanatory; rather, the endurance of such practice is understood within the Gambian’s rating and positioning of themselves vis-à-vis others. (more…)